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A Drink Before the War Audiobook

A Drink Before the War

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Publisher's Summary

With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro—brilliantly showcasing the unique voice and dark, exhilarating vision of a crime fiction phenomenon.

©1994 Dennis Lehane (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 07-20-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Note Perfect... Haunting and Angie's HOT!"

    I was given an audio disc of Dennis Lahane's "Prayers For Rain" where I met Angela Gennaro and Patrick Kenzie. Note the order. Patrick is the story teller, but slowly and subtly Lehane pulls Angie to the top of this ensemble cast. "Prayers" gave me an appetite to start the series from the beginning... And it's important and rewarding to read this powerful series from that beginning with "A Drink Before the War". The characters change (note I don't write, "grow"} as Lehane imagines their interaction with the darkness which coats them... like a dank back-Boston alley at three in the morning.

    Lehane's a great writer and Jonathan Davis a great actor. Their collaboration's a note perfect study of existential issues... the great conundrums. What's life's mission? Agnostics? Ideological drives? Race? Gender? Greed? Love? The main characters, and many of the minor ones are complex. And like a good teacher, Lehane leaves us with more questions than answers... but a methodology for examining them... which is the essence of critical thought.

    But HEY! All of that deep stuff's easily navigated inside of the Lehane puzzle stories. Stores which may or may not be the reason that I've now read this entire series... Oh that and the fact that Angie Gennaro's reluctant gunslinging might maker her the sexiest PI working today's mystery world.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    ejodee 12-28-14
    ejodee 12-28-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Not two stories as the description states"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there were two stories as the description said. I finally googled and discovered the promise of two books is from the lazy use of the description from a one-off Avon print edition that bundled his first two books: this one and Darkness Take My Hand. http://www.amazon.com/Drink-Before-Darkness-Take-Hand/dp/006117226X

    Out of context the description makes it appear this is either an interesting new edition or two novellas combined into a longer volume. None of the above, just annoying human oversight when cataloging the title. I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good and the narration is good. Some glimpses of the masterful writer Lehane became. The one star is purely for the description which compelled me to pay for this instead of borrowing it from the library (it's a 20 yr old thriller after all--not the great American novel).

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Fontana, Ca, United States 12-10-16
    Juan Fontana, Ca, United States 12-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A treat"

    Jonathan Davis does Lehane's beautiful work justice! How all of Kenzie and Gennaro should be heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stephen Flood 10-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as good as other Lehane"

    Having read most of other books by Lehane I'm a little disappointed in the story on this one. They did not have the element of surprise that other stories by him have an even go as far in depth as other stories.The performance was outstanding the story could've used a little bit more meat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason White Ontario, Canada 09-26-16
    Jason White Ontario, Canada 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story"

    This novel tackles some serious issues thst are still very much relevant today yet remains classy throughout. Great characters populate the story and Jonathan Davis's performance melts and becomes it. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bodiccea 08-07-16
    Bodiccea 08-07-16

    I read from every category but intelligent mysteries short on gore and long on interesting characters are my favourite.

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    Any additional comments?

    I stole my headline from another poster as it seemed so apt and I am hopeless at thinking of catchy headlines.

    And rather than reiterate what other reviewers have said, I'll give my general impressions. It's definitely a thriller (not a mystery) that held my interest from the beginning to the end. The narrator, Jonathan Davies, has a quiet laconic delivery. There were times when I thought it was perfect and other times I found it just a bit affected, rather like Clint Eastwood in his spaghetti western days.

    And that is the problem that I have with this book. I know nothing of Boston at the period of time nor of gang warfare so I can't tell if I am terribly naive or if some the characters border on cartoonish in their utter depravity. To say that Lehane's vision is dark is understatement. There is no hope, no redemption, nothing good in this world, just characters exploring pain and unrelenting violence.

    I can't say that I enjoyed the book. It was a gripping story but I felt like I needed a long hot shower afterward. It has stuck with me for some days after and not in a good way. For those readers who, like me, have a low tolerance threshold for things like this, be forewarned that there is some horrifying child abuse in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. L. Blevins Melbourne, KY United States 08-04-16
    A. L. Blevins Melbourne, KY United States 08-04-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Started strong, but drug on and on"

    By the last 3 hours I had lost interest. Narration was done well. Story began interestingly, progressed well to the climax, but the street gang angle lost my interest. Well written, just not for me, I suppose.

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    JimmyC 07-10-16
    JimmyC 07-10-16
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    "A bit dated, but a great story"
    Would you listen to A Drink Before the War again? Why?

    I have yet to listen to any book other than The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings more than once, so it's unlikely. On the other hand, this was a good story excellently read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Drink Before the War?

    the story


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to understand the story and read it with humor and pathos. Excellently done. Too many male readers don't do women well, but he did.


    Any additional comments?

    Although a bit dated for 2016 (it's from 1994) a lot of the story line still fits today. The problems, if they can be called that, were the dating of the references to films, music, and political figures. Other than that, it was an excellent story excellently read. I will be reading more Dennis LeHane.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Florence Nightingale San Francisco, CA 04-01-16
    Florence Nightingale San Francisco, CA 04-01-16
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    "Stellar"

    In the grit and beauty of his storytelling, as well as the art and craft of his writing, author Dennis Lehane never ceases to awe me as one of the truly masterful.

    Now, years after reading Lehane's hardcover books, I've begun to reexplore them via audiobook. What a splendid surprise and treat to discover that narrator Jonathan Davis (with whom I was unfamiliar) parallels and complements Lehane in quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Port Saint Lucie, FL, United States 01-09-16
    Laura Port Saint Lucie, FL, United States 01-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent Start of a Series!"

    Dennis Lehane's books aren't alway easy books to read due to the sensitive subject matter but his books are always good and worth reading. I really enjoyed this first installment in the Kenzie & Gennaro series and will be reading/listening to the next one. The narrator, Jonathan Davis, did an excellent job bringing these characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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